UCLA's Gelalich, Plutko Given Weekly Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — UCLA junior outfielder Jeff Gelalich has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Bruin sophomore right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko has been named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for March 5-11, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday.
Gelalich batted .563 (9-for-16) with one double and three runs over UCLA's four wins last week. He went 9-for-13 (.692) in the three-game series sweep at No. 9 Georgia. Gelalich collected a career-high four hits in a 4-for-4 effort with one double on Friday, went 3-for-4 on Saturday and finished the series going 2-for-5 on Sunday. He leads UCLA's offense with a .491 batting average through 15 games (27-for-55, 3 HR, 5 2B, 12 RBI, 17 runs).
This is Gelalich's second career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and the 53rd all-time selection for UCLA. The La Verne, Calif., native received his first weekly honor on Feb. 28.
Plutko logged 11 strikeouts in his second career complete game shutout on Friday night at No. 9 Georgia, scattering five hits and no walks. Plutko's start helped UCLA sweep the Bulldogs in Athens, Ga. The right-hander from Upland, Calif., allowed just one baserunner (fielding error by shortstop) from the second through fifth innings. Plutko improved to 2-1, lowering his ERA to 2.13. He leads UCLA's pitching staff with 33 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.
This is Plutko's second career Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week selection and UCLA's 60th all-time selection.
Also Nominated (Player): Alex Mejia, ARIZ; Andrew Aplin, ASU; Michael Conforto, OSU; Stephen Tarpley, USC; James Brooks, UTAH.
Also Nominated (Pitcher): Kurt Heyer, ARIZ; Trevor Williams, ASU; Brando Tessar, ORE; Ben Wetzler, OSU; Mark Appel, STAN; Mitch Watrous, UTAH.
2012 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 21 - Abe Ruiz, Sr., 1B, ASU; Feb. 28 - Jeff Gelalich, Jr., OF, UCLA; March 6 - Joey DeMichele, Jr., 2B, ASU; March 13 - Jeff Gelalich, Jr., OF, UCLA
2012 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 21 - Jimmie Sherfy, So., RHP, ORE; Feb. 28 - Mark Appel, Jr., RHP, STAN; March 6 - Kurt Heyer, Jr., RHP, ARIZ; March 13 - Adam Plutko, So., RHP, UCLA